Home town: Cardiff
Joined the Dragons: 2013
”I was shy and nervous joining a new club, I had played football for a few different teams before – 5 a side and 11’s, women only teams, and a team with all men apart from myself. Unfortunately some of these teams hadn’t been very welcoming.
I hadn’t played for a few years and this team stands out because I was immediately warmly welcomed at training and encouraged a lot. I liked meeting new LGBT people. I enjoyed being able to play in community lower level games and training as there was less pressure and more emphasis on learning and fun.
I really like that it’s a mixed team, it makes for a good atmosphere and the club provides opportunities to play with a variety of people and at different competitive levels.
Most of all I especially like the ethos and purpose of the club in that everyone is welcome and it’s a safe place for LGBT players. It feels great to be a part of something quite unique.”
On Sunday 26th October, the Dragons take on the Lions in the South West League.
The match will be played at Pontcanna so if you’re keen to play then let Jay know asap. If you’re keen to support then come along!
Dragons in their new Mitie-sponsored kit
Joined the Dragons: 2008
“I first joined the Dragons in September 2008 not long after the start. I went along with my then partner (who had in fairness accompanied me to rugby) and everyone was so welcoming even though I wasn’t very good. It was nice to be part of an inclusive team who got on with the job of playing football without it being a big sexuality issue. Since the community team has started up I’ve really been able to chuck myself into competitive football (without rugby tackling anyone). Thanks to the Dragons I have a good circle of friends and the diary is usually full of stuff to do! Regardless of gender or ability it’s like a little family and I’m so glad that the Dragons are going from strength to strength”
This year the Dragons are entering two teams into the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust 5-a-side tournament on Sunday 19th October.
If you’re interested in playing, let Jay know.
More details about venue and time will be provided soon.
Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust
Welcome to Cardiff Dragons Football Club. We are Wales’ first and only LGBT football club and have been established for 6 years now. We were originally set up by a small group of gay men who lived in Cardiff and wanted the opportunity to play football in a safe and friendly environment.
Thanks to their early initiative, the Dragons has grown from strength to strength and now has over 50 members from Cardiff, the Valleys, West Wales and Bristol. We pride ourselves on being a truly equitable football club and welcome anyone of any ability. We play mixed football so men and women play alongside each other, unlike traditional football clubs. All of our competitive football teams are mixed and we’re fortunate to play in national, regional and 5-a-side tournaments that allow this. We also get involved in forming partnership with local community groups. A great example of this is our links with HMP Parc, also known as Bridgend Prison. We’ve been there a few times with both men’s and women’s teams to play fixtures against the prisoners and prison staff.
You can find us on social media so it would be great if you would connect with us. Our Facebook site provides weekly information about training times, upcoming matches and social events. We also have an active Twitter account.
So if you’re L, G, B or T and are interested in meeting some like-minded people and are keen to get fit and play a bit of football then get in touch. We’d love to hear from you! We always make sure that people feel really welcomed when they join our club so please don’t worry about your first session – we know how scary it can be.
Hopefully hear from you soon!